Things I liked:Well-built; powerful; very accurate replica of real Thompson. Great for reenactors or display or even backyard plinking. Excellent quality as befits its legendary name. Great price and Pyramyd's service and speed are second-to-none.
Overall, this is one of the finest springer replicas I've ever bought, and I collect low-price springers for display and historical replicas. For a WWII collection, this Thompson is a must. It's robust, well-built, and reasonably priced. You won't find an airsoft Thompson for less that's nearly as good. Things I would have changed:Lose the rails. No real Thompson ever had them, and they look silly.
Make the dimensions more exact to the real thing...they're "off" a little. In fact, the gun is about four inches shorter than a real Thompson overall. Why isn't it as accurate a copy as the AEG's?
Lose the weights in the buttstock; they're unnecessary and place the gun off-balance.
Finally, why not put out a "gangster", drum-fed version? Most manufacturers make both the military and civilian Thompson, why not this one? What others should know:The gun has weights in its stocks to simulate a heavier gun. I've removed these and packed the hollow areas with foam, which results in lighter weight and good balance. Watch the folding cocking handle: its screws can work loose and must be tightened periodically.
The sling swivels are made of plastic, so do NOT yank on the sling if installed. The gun is all-plastic, so treat it with reasonable care.
The gun is 4 inches shorter overall than a real Thompson, and the magazine is thinner and may look a bit odd, but this can be fixed easily by easy, reversible modification of the magazine.
The butt plate of the gun is smooth, and may slip on the shoulder when aiming, so some rubbing or the butt plate with steel wool might be advisable.
The magazine may be a little difficult to reload quickly. Practice if you plan to use this in battle.
Things I liked:This rifle closely resembles its real steel counterpart, and lives up to that reputation. It is accurate, well-built, powerful, and plain fun to use.
In addition, it is easily modified to look like a WWII M1 Garand, for those of us who collect these springers for historical replica purposes and for display. Things I would have changed:The metal, adjustable sights are some of the best, but they can and will loosen and fall apart if worked too much. Check and tighten them periodically.
Treat magazines with care, they can be fragile. Don't over-load.
The rear sling attachment is plastic and subject to breakage. Why couldn't this be metal, like the front one?
I do wish that TSD would make these rifles with a simulated wood stock. Black might be fashionable these days, but M14's are classics, and a "retro" look would be appreciated. What others should know:Like many spring rifles, this one has steel weights placed in its buttstock to simulate the weight of a real rifle. They place it off-balance to the rear. Over time, they can work loose and rattle about inside the stock. I'd remove them by CAREFULLY disassembling the stock. Fill the hollow area with styrofoam or shredded terrycloth to provide support and sound control.
I like wood stocks, so I found brown paint that bonds to plastic and sprayed the stock (with the operating system removed) with a few coats.
The gun will accept a "modified" M47 shotgun magazine. Its addition makes the rifle closely resemble an M1 Garand.